Friday, January 6, 2012
Of Monsters And Men - "Little Talks": Top Songs of 2012
It has been a long time since I have heard a song I can listen to incessantly, repetitively and never grow tired of it. "Little Talks" by the band Of Monsters and Men is that song for me. I have listened to it over and over again since discovering it as the free download of the week on iTunes.
Some days I can't even trust myself
It's killing me to see you this way
The lyrics are oblique and remind us of our unwavering humanity, rooted in nostalgia and memories long gone by.
Soon it will all be over, buried with our past
You used to play outside when you were young,
Full of life and full of love
The call and response vocals between the male and female vocalist are ethereal and unique, creating the feel of a conversation between two distinct and complicated human beings.
Go go go away
I wish you'd disappear
All that's left is a ghost of you
Now we're torn torn torn apart, there's nothing we can do
Just let me go, me against you
Now wait wait wait for me
Please hang around
I see you when I fall asleep
The song describes the push and pull between what we know we need and what we desperately want. Being haunted by the ghost of our memories, always lurking behind us but perpetually out of reach. It evokes an airy beach house in the winter where the open space seems stifling beyond measure, where sunlight spills across the floor in a way that can't fill the space or warm the cold. Where hope exists, in a way you know like you understand life is finite, but can't bring yourself to truly believe in it.
'Cause though the truth may vary
This ship will carry
Our bodies safe to shore